Porter talks about missed opportunities
The numbers are alarming. Houston has struck out an average of 14 times per game in this first week of the season. All four of the starters who have faced the Astros set new career-highs for most strikeouts in a game.
But no matter how bad the Astros might look at the plate, manager Bo Porter and his teammates are confident the team will pull out of their collective funk soon. Porter thought his team's approach was right, but their aim was off.
"We had some fastballs to put into play, we made some pretty good passes but we fouled them off or just swung through them," Porter said. "In the major leagues you’re going to get at least one pitch each at bat to hit. And when you get it you’ve got to put it in play hard. And if you don’t put it in play hard you’re going to find yourself chasing the pitcher’s pitch. That’s what happened tonight."
There may not be an Astro that's struggling more than first baseman Brett Wallace this season. Through the first four games Wallace has just one hit in 14 at bats this year, but he's also struck out 10 times.
"I think it comes down to a rhythm thing," Wallace said. "I think there's some swings where I'm right on some pitches. You've just got to keep working on it and find that one swing where something kind of clicks and you go from there and build off it."
"The reason I’m not concerned is because I know that these guys offensively are going to hit, Porter said. "Those guys continue to fight, they continue to grind and grinded all the way to the last at bat and that’s what it’s all about."
Wallace knows the short term results aren't where he, or anyone else, wants them to be. But with such a small sample size, whenever it comes in the season, the lack of production doesn't concern him as long as it turns around.
"Early in the season, or any time in the season you can't worry about a certain number of at bats," Wallace said. "There's going to be times where you're going to go 1-12 and hit 11 lasers and they're going to get caught, and there's going to be times where you swing and you haven't made contact in a week."